Keeping Myanmar’s Lights On

Myanmar is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with projected annual growth of 7.8% in gross domestic product for the financial year to March 31 2017, according to the World Bank. Only those who have not spent time with its overwhelmingly young and enthusiastic people — or those unaware of the vast potential of […]

Can Myanmar’s Hydropower Study Truly be For The People?

In recent weeks, violent clashes in Kayin State have further disrupted Myanmar’s fragile peace process. Fighting between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the government-sponsored Border Guard Force (BGF) in Mae Tha Waw areas of Hlaingbwe township, and more recently near Kawkareik township, has displaced over a thousand people. Entire families have fled their homes and are […]

Unofficial Tenants Warned to Move off Explosive Gas Pipelines

Several unofficial shanty towns erected around Yangon are at risk of triggering an explosion as they were built above old, unreliable gas pipelines, according to a government official. Shwe Pyi Thar township’s Danyingone Market is considered to be on particularly dangerous turf. Hundreds of makeshift dwellings and shops have popped up above the Shwe Pyi […]

Myanmar pushes for more hydropower projects

NAY PYI TAW, YANGON – The Ministry of Electric Power reiterated the necessity of hydropower projects, citing an increase in power demand. Htein Lwin, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Electric Power, said during the press conference to mark the government’s first 100 days in power in Nay Pyi Taw that there is a need that Myanmar […]

Yangon developers asked to provide own power

Developers in Yangon will have to install transformers to power new buildings that use more than 30 kilowatts of electricity, according to Yangon’s electricity supplier, which is hoping the measure will help reduce frequent blackouts across the city. In an August 12 announcement Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation said all developers applying for a Building Completion […]

The Key to Jumpstarting Myanmar’s Economy: Electricity

It’s no secret that the National League for Democracy (NLD) faces myriad challenges in improving Myanmar’s socioeconomic situation. In fact, its biggest challenge might be deciding which issues to address first. Led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD has made the peace process, which is aimed at ending decades of strife between the […]

Rangoon Chief Minister Attempts to Defuse Electricity Concerns

RANGOON — Rangoon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said on Tuesday that Burma’s commercial capital will continue to face blackouts in the coming months as attempts are made to address the city’s weak power cables and growing electricity demands. “We need to think about the long-term, sustainable reconstruction of underground cables that were weak in […]

Gas turbine in Thilawa SEZ to distribute power starting in May

THE construction of a natural gas turbine in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is over 89 per cent complete. The gas turbine is expected to distribute power starting in May. “A power supply of 20 megawatts was received from the government. A 50-megawatt gas plant has been built with the assistance of a JICA […]

Myanmar moves forward with 66-MW Maingwa hydroelectric project

Myanmar is moving forward with plans to build the 66-MW Maingwa hydroelectric project on Nantlway Creek in area controlled by National Democratic Alliance Army. Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) and special-purpose company, Shan State East Development Company Ltd., signed a contract on March 22 under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) system to implement the Maingwa project in […]

NLD leader’s next challenge: the bureaucracy

Staff in the four ministries soon to come under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s management have welcomed her appointment, telling The Myanmar Times they hope she can accelerate administrative reforms in the civil service. But analysts and insiders have cautioned that she will face myriad challenges in cleaning up the bureaucracy and upholding promises of […]